bore through

bore through (someone or something)

1. Literally, to create a hole in an object or material. You're going to need a special drill to bore through something this thick.
2. By extension, to penetrate someone's inner self or emotions, often in a deeply affecting way. I had to turn around and look at the mysterious man because his gaze just bore through me.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bore through someone

Fig. [for someone's gaze] to seem to penetrate the person being gazed or stared at. Her stare bored right through me.
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bore through something

to pierce or drill through something. The drill bit could not bore through the steel plate.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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